Swedish-Canadian Family's Minimalist Meadow Home


A modern Scandi-style masterpiece at the end of a country lane.

OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties Holiday/Winter 2018/19
A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.34. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
The lifelong vision of a property with a tree-lined drive has came to life for this Swedish-Canadian family in Grey County.
Their inevitably Scandinavian-inspired abode was built by Dan and Jen Johnson of Valley Home Improvements. The family was fully immersed in the design/build planning and say the process was seamless from start to finish, based on their solid relationship with the Vally Home Improvements team.
The couple would bring dinner and folding chairs to their vacant property and visualize the home's plans laying stones and cedar rails on the ground.
Mother Nature proved to be the most challenging aspect of the project. High winds prevail on the hilltop and when cladding the roof and exterior of the home with sheets of modern, black-ribbed steel (Havelock Metal Co.), the install had to be strategically scheduled on days the wind was less insistent. 
When cosied up by the woodstove (Chantico Fireplace Gallery) in the great room, triple pane windows (Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors) and good insulation keep the elements out when the wind is raging. Radiant heat keeps the concrete floors always warm in the colder months (Sandy Hamilton Plumbing & Heating Inc.). Some building materials via Centre Grey Building Supplies.
They considered the long term, and so designed doors and hallways to be wider than standard. Polished concrete floors (Extreme Linings and Coatings) throughout the main level continue into the en suite where they slope slightly to the shower drain for a seamless integration and eliminate the need for a threshold, which is a common barrier to accessibility.
Their minimalist aesthetic is simple and calming, synonymous with Scandinavian living. White walls are painted Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore). Quality materials and superior craftsmanship are evident throughout the home. There’s at least one custom handcrafted project done by the owners themselves in each room. The owners have also collected quality pieces, like the one-of-a-kind spindle-back chair by esteemed and award-winning Canadian craftsman and furniture designer Jonathan Otter of Nova Scotia, and an authentic Eames rocking chairs from Herman Miller.

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The black-ribbed steel exterior is punctuated with cantilevered accents clad in natural cedar. The corresponding window seats inside provide function and visual interest.

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The home’s front entrance is defined by cedar cladding and welcoming porch.

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The combination of a statement light fixture and cow-hide rug create definition for the dining area. A two-storey wall of windows connects the open-concept living space with the outdoors.

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Radiant heating in the concrete floors is enhanced by the handsome modernist wood stove. The family dogs relax by the fire. Simple furnishings keep the atmosphere calm and relaxed in this country home.

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The homeowner made these simple wooden floating boxes to provide open storage and shelving, taking the focus off of the television in the great room.

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The family dogs enjoy lounging in front of the large wood-burning stove in this bright, Scandinavian-inspired home.

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The subdued nature of heated, polished concrete floors and white walls (Chantilly Lace, by Benjamin Moore) allow the accents of reclaimed wood, custom art and photography and pops of colour to make a strong presence. Rough-hewn beams and a round, wood pendant draw the eye upward.

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The owner designed many live-edge elements throughout the home, including this window seat in the open-concept living space.

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White walls (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) provide the negative space required to truly appreciate the large and colourful original painting in this Scandinavian-Canadian kitchen.

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The thoughtful integration of natural wood elements on the range hood chimney and island countertop warms up the crisp lines of the all-white kitchen. The textured-tile backsplash introduces texture. Orange and green are accent colours.

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The spacious mudroom/laundry room combination offers high functionality in this Scandinavian-style home. The contrasting dark wall is one of the few in this bright, white home.

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The principal suite is situated in a private wing of the home and accessed by a light-filled corridor.

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The simple and functional principal bedroom has access to the patio and covered deck at the back of the home. Polished concrete floors are heated for an even temperature throughout the home.

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Bright art and an authentic Eames rocking chair are the focal point in this master bedroom suite. A surface sliding door saves space.

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The crisp shape of the freestanding soaker tub in the master en suite is harmonious with the architecture and design of the home. Bright art is the focal point.

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This custom floating vanity, designed and created by the homeowner, and the wall-mounted faucet maintains the light and airy vibe of this country home. Open shelves allow bright towels to pop.

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Each of the children in this home have a floating window bench to view the meadow beyond. Bright art and simple wood furniture keep the space calm.

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With high ceilings, the lucky kids in this home can have a climbing wall that leads to an upper hideaway. The simplicity of the design lets a favourite colour (orange in this case) shine through.

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The glass shield (in lieu of a shower curtain) on the white penny-tile tub/shower in the kids’ bathroom maintains the open and bright aesthetic. Concrete floors, white walls and a minimalist vanity are brightened with green towels on the open shelves.